Ole Miss and Mississippi State, ranked among the nation’s top 5 college football teams for the first time since 1999, will be going on the road to play important SEC league games later this month against LSU and Kentucky.
Fans in North Mississippi who don’t make the road trip with the teams will still be able to watch the televised games on a giant-sized jumbotron screen and text or tweet messages and photos in support of their team as part of the C Spire “Pigskins in the Park” event on Saturday, Oct. 25 in front of Tupelo City Hall in Fairpark.
The live broadcast of the Ole Miss Rebels road game in Baton Rouge against the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs’ trip to Lexington to play the Kentucky Wildcats is title sponsored by C Spire and presented by Renasant Bank and the City of Tupelo in partnership with the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee. Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association (DTMSA) is the organizer of the event and will receive the sponsorship proceeds.
The games will be shown on a giant 22 foot by 33 foot jumbotron screen, which is elevated 16 feet from the ground bringing the total height to more than six stories with high-resolution images for both daylight and night time viewing. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will play the Kentucky Wildcats at 2:30pm and the Ole Miss Rebels will take on the LSU tigers at 6:15 or 6:30pm. Fans are allowed to start setting their tailgates up at 12:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. This is an “official watch party” for Ole Miss and Mississippi State, arranged by the Lee County Alumni Clubs.
“This is shaping up to be the ultimate tailgate party in North Mississippi,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “We know how passionate fans are about college football and their schools. So whether you’re screaming Hotty Toddy or ringing your cowbell in Fairpark, we’re proud to be a part of making this quality of life event possible.”
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from various downtown Tupelo food vendors and businesses during the games. No alcoholic beverages other than those sold on site will be allowed at the event. Beer will be sold to individuals who are 21 or older. Fans are allowed to bring lawn chairs, tents and tailgating items, but personal grills and coolers are discouraged.
Earlier that day, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place in Fairpark. For more information on the race, visit www.komennorthms.org.